First Look: The New United Polaris Lounge Newark

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United has been gaining momentum with their Polaris Lounge concept lately. United opened their first Polaris Lounge in Chicago in December 2016, and then for nearly 18 months didn’t open another lounge, which left a lot of customers disappointed.

However, there has been lots of great news lately when it comes to Polaris Lounges — United opened their Polaris Lounge San Francisco on April 30, 2018, and United will open their Polaris Lounge Newark on June 4, 2018, in just a few days. Next up, United plans to open their Polaris Lounge Houston this summer, and their Polaris Lounge Los Angeles this fall.

Since the airline had a media event today, they’ve also shared a press release with some pictures of the new lounge. The United Polaris Lounge Newark will be located in Terminal C behind security, between Gates C102 and C120. The lounge will be open daily from 4:30AM until 10:30PM. United says that more passengers originate their travel at Newark than any other United hub, so this is an especially important lounge for them.

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China Eastern Will Fly Nonstop To Pittsburgh… Once

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We’re seeing a ton of growth from Chinese airlines, and generally speaking that comes in the form of more routes between large international hubs and smaller markets in China (for example, you can now fly nonstop from LAX to a dozen cities in China). Chinese airlines are still adding routes to more cities in the US, though I think most people wouldn’t expect Pittsburgh to be one the next cities to get service. Well, it’s happening… sort of.

China Eastern has announced that they’ll operate a charter flight between Shanghai and Pittsburgh, with one flight in each direction. Specifically, they’ll operate on the following dates:

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US Bank & Korean Air Launch The Worst $450 Annual Fee Card I’ve Ever Seen

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Premium credit cards are all the rage nowadays. Cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express offer perks and bonus categories that more than justify their annual fees of $450 and $550, respectively, in my opinion.

I’m always excited when a new premium credit card is introduced, since I hope it will have unique benefits that make the card worthwhile… and then there’s the new Korean Air SkyPass Select Visa Signature Card, issued by US Bank.

The new SkyPass Select Visa Signature Card has a $450 annual fee and offers:

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ANA Is Building A Special A380 Lounge In Honolulu

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This is cool.

The biggest news for Japanese carrier ANA so far this year has been the details of their three ‘Flying Honu’ Airbus A380s, which will exclusively fly between Tokyo and Honolulu. All three will feature traditional hard products, but will have special liveries:

— A blue plane named “Lani,” meaning sky
— An emerald green plane named “Kai,” meaning ocean
— An orange plane named “Ka La,” meaning sunset

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One Day Left To Book Accor Hotels At 30% Off

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In Accor-dance with my official status as OMAAT’s Accor-espondent, I wanted to let you know about a potentially valuable AccorHotels promotion.

One of Accor’s biggest sales of the year is going on at the moment. It features a pretty extensive list of participating hotels around the world, from budget brands like Ibis to more upscale ones like Swissotel and Fairmont. The sale offers 30% off the flexible unrestricted rate, with breakfast included at some hotels.

For most regions, the offer is only valid for bookings through June 1 (tomorrow!), for stays from July 6 through September 2, 2018. For stays in the Asia Pacific region, the stay window is much longer — June 15, 2018, to June 14, 2019.

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The 9 Best Hikes In Bali You Have To Experience

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Anyone who’s ever been to Bali knows (and will happily tell you) that the best things to do in Bali are all pretty much found outdoors. The best parties – outdoors. The best restaurants – outdoors. The best beaches (you guessed it) – outdoors. 😄😆 Even the temples are open airs and outdoors. In fact, some … Continue Reading

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Amex Platinum Cardmembers Can Now Access More Lufthansa Lounges

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The Platinum Card® from American Express ($550 annual fee) and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN ($450 annual fee) both get you access to Amex’s Global Lounge Collection, which includes access to Amex Centurion Lounges, Delta SkyClubs, Priority Pass Lounges, Airspace Lounges, Escape Lounges, and more.

Last September I wrote about how American Express added access to Lufthansa Lounges at Munich Airport for Platinum & Centurion cardmembers. It has just been announced that this benefit is being expanded somewhat.

As of June 1, 2018, American Express is offering expanded Lufthansa Lounge access when traveling through Frankfurt and Munich. With these changes, cardmembers get access to Lufthansa Lounges at Frankfurt Airport for the first time (valid through March 31, 2019), and the access benefit for Lufthansa Lounges at Munich Airport is being extended through May 31, 2019.

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Oops: Hyatt Regency Sydney Valet Accidentally Parks Porsche Underneath SUV

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I wonder how many World of Hyatt points one gets as compensation for something like this?

I think a valet at the Hyatt Regency Sydney may soon be looking for a new job. Earlier today (Thursday, May 31, 2018) a valet at the hotel was trying to park a Porsche. Instead of reversing the car, the valet accelerated into the back of the Subaru SUV parked in front of it. The SUV wasn’t just rear-ended, but rather the Porsche quite literally ended up underneath the SUV.

The valet had to be cut out of the car given that it was crushed, and fortunately wasn’t injured.

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Emirates Confirms New A380s From 2020 Will Have Premium Economy

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18 months ago, Emirates suggested that it was planning to introduce premium economy within the next 18 months (so now). While that timeline has not been met, Emirates has given a firmer update on their premium economy plans.

Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380, with 103 currently in service, and a further 59 on order. Of those 59 on order, 39 were ordered some years ago and will be delivered in the next few years, while 20 were ordered in January of this year, along with options for 16 more. These will be delivered from 2020.

This was a move that saved the A380 production line.

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